While most clinicians can agree that nothing can replace an in-person lactation consult with a family in need of help feeding their baby, virtual consults are becoming more and more popular as a way to make services more accessible. In order to meet your ethical obligations and stay within your scope of practice as an IBCLC or other lactation credential, you’ll want to keep some key factors in mind.Read More
Developing your protocols is one of the most important things you’ll do as an IBCLC. Protocols can’t be bought or taken from someone else—that kind of shortcut could end up being harmful for your clients. By writing your own protocols, you take ownership over your own practice by implementing what you know into templates that can be modified, adapted, and adjusted to fit each individual clinical situation.Read More
Are you using a mobile device, like an iPad or an Android phone to access any client information?
Wake up the device(s) you are using to interact with clients and store their PHI.
Did you have to enter a passcode?Read More
You know how people say, "I just leave my work at the office" and all the IBCLCs are like hahahahahaha "if only!"Read More
What’s something you wish you were told when starting private practice?Read More
Figuring out how to become an IBCLC is often the most challenging part of the whole process. Unlike other related healthcare fields (such as clinical social work, physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and counseling), there are only a handful of established university programs that include the education component along with the clinical component in an organized and structured way. In other words, you’re not likely to be able to get a master’s in lactation and have your department chair help you land an internship at an outpatient lactation clinic.Read More
You may not be aware of this, but one important component of HIPAA is that you must post your Notice of Privacy Practices on your website.Read More
Picture the scene--you come home from a long day at work. You put your scale in its corner, and set your bag down on a side table. Hang up your coat, and take your iPad out to do some final charting or billing before calling it a wrap. You sigh with relief, because it won't take long. You're paperless after all.
And then you look down on the table, and you see it--
There's paper in that envelope! Paper you are going to have to deal with! Paper that threatens the very foundation of your paperless freedom! You decide to take it out back and burn it in your firepit because it has no place in your life.
OK don't burn it. You do have to deal with it, but you can deal with it quickly in three short steps.Read More